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Old 09-05-2013, 01:49 AM
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hi guys need some help can any one help me i have an E36 m3 german spec after the oil change two days later the car is making a very loud noise from the engine sometimes the noise comes and goes but now its there all the time
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:45 PM
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What type of noise?

A knock? Like a light slamming, usually in one or two cylinders.

A tick? Like a playing card stuck in a bicycle wheel, but more metallic sounding.

A grinding? Like metal on metal contact that sounds just awful.

A whirring? Like a huge fan pushing a lot of air.

1) Could be loose spark plug, usually isolated to one cylinder.
2) Could just be lifters ticking, though I suppose the Euro M3 engine wouldn't have this issue...
3) Could be the starter not disengaging, causing some really bad noises. Get that fixed asap.
4) Could be the fan clutch going bad. When it does go bad the fan will explode and damage all kinds of stuff.

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